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Holmen grad. part of Army’s Golden Knights Parachute Team “dropping in” this weekend

The team will be making numerous jumps in Holmen for Kornfest and at Pischke Motors in West Salem.

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A Holmen High School graduate is on the U.S. Army’s Parachute team, and they’re dropping into Holmen this weekend.

The U.S. Army Parachute Team, nicknamed The Golden Knights, is a demonstration and competition team. It’s making four jumps in Holmen, and one in West Salem over the weekend.

Holmen Grad, Sergeant First Class Kyle Koch, of the Golden Knights, told Z93 he’s excited to be back in the area.

“I actually graduated from Holmen High School, and joined The Army straight out of high school, so I’m super excited to be back in my old stomping grounds,” Koch said. “There’s gonna be a lot of fun, it’s gonna be a good weekend.”

Koch said the team is a great tool to connect with the public.

“We travel around the country and mostly go to air shows,” he said. “Every now and then we’ll go to major sporting events, and just demonstrate what the Army is capable of and talk to people. We’re trying to connect America’s public to America’s Army.

“There’s a lot of people out there that have never met anybody in the military, don’t know anything about the military, so we’re able to get out there and kind of tell our story a little bit, and just let them know the possibilities that the Army can offer.”

Golden Knights jump schedule this weekend:

Friday, 8/20: Holmen Police Department at 5 p.m.
Friday night, Holmen baseball pit at 9 p.m. – night show with Pyro!
Saturday, 8/21 Holmen Police Department again at 10:30 a.m.
Pischke Motors in West Salem at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, 8/22: Car Show at the Holmen Middle School at 2 p.m.

Learn more about the US Army’s Golden Knights Parachute Team on their website and Facebook.

Feature Photo By -SFC Brandan Parra – via US Army Golden Knights Facebook

Tracy has worked at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 2004. She is half of the Z93 Morning Buzz with Brittany and Ballzer and coordinates Z93's charity, Zcare. She writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse and announces for the Mississippi Valley Mayhem Roller Derby team.